...And the Fifth Horseman is Fear (...a paty jezdec je Strach) (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

...And the Fifth Horseman is Fear (...a paty jezdec je Strach) (1968)




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When the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia, the first thing to happen was the disaffection of all the Jews in professional positions. No longer able to practice medicine, a Jewish physician begins working in a warehouse, biding his time until the war is over. A fellow tenant appeals to the physician to help a political fugitive who has been shot. Forced into a moral conflict, the physician takes the unselfish road and treats the injured man. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates the sacrifice he has made and the movie depicts the Catch-22 of doing what you have to do and still suffering for it.


Olga Scheinpflugova
as Music Teacher
Josef Vinklár
as Mr. Fanta
Jiri Adamira
as Mr. Vesely
Zdenka Prochazkova
as Mrs. Vesely
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Critic Reviews for ...And the Fifth Horseman is Fear (...a paty jezdec je Strach)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Director Brynych's stark, symbolic explorations of human despair lift The Fifth Horseman to a high level of creative cinema.

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The Fifth Horseman is Fear is such a nearly perfect film that it comes as a shock, in the last ten minutes, to discover how deeply involved you have become.

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

So beautifully and thoughtfully made - well written and acted, shot with perfect economy and care-that one is almost surprised at the end to be very much moved by the substance of it.

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Dense atmosphere and rich characters more than make up for a hook or a twist

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Disturbing and very different. Seek this one out.

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Offers a harrowing depiction of life in Nazi occupied Prague.

June 30, 2008 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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